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assertions by the highest officials in the government. without looking for the hard evidence to support it. >> more concern about the politics of my decision rather than what is right and what is wrong. >> i have prayed to god many times that he would forgive me for sending his children to die in a war that never had to happen. >> was there ever any consideration of apologizing to the american people? >> i mean, apologizing would basically say the decision was a wrong decision. and i don't believe it was a wrong decision. >>> one last stop. the president this morning heading home from the mideast. today, what he said on one particular issue is making big headlines. >>> signs of the sequester. it could be coming to an airport near you. might it lead to dangerous skies? >>> up all night. they call it. the u.s. senate just finished its business a short time ago. why did they stay so late? >>> it's a bird, it's a plane, it's actually neither. but it is something that caught the eye of thousands. good morning, everyone and welcome to "weekends with alex witt." let's get to what's happening righ
the government. even to keep guns out of the hands of criminals by a thorough background check. so we're going to face opposition, no question about it, but we're determined and resolute. >> which ones of these amendments that you talk about, an assault weapons man amendment, amendment dealing with the mental health issues, which realistically has a chance of passing? >> they all have a chance of passing, and we're not surrendering or abandoning any of them. the bill will include a ban on illegal trafficking and straw purchasing, which is critical to law enforcement people. they'll tell you police on the streets or state police, our law enforcement at the federal level, illegal trafficking is a scourge. and, of course, background checks are absolutely critical because right now the law prohibits sales to convicted criminals, drug addicts, seriously mentally ill and domestic abusers but can't enforce that provision if private sales are exempted. so close that loophole. and then, of course, school safety will be in the bill as well. and the amendment on the floor will be on assault weapons. clea
their vision for how you should fund the government. we're still waiting on president obama to release his own budget which will have potentially a competing vision. and adam is exactly right, it's just a matter of inches going forward and the big dernifferen on whether you want to boost investments over the long term or whether it's about cutting spending, these are big questions that lawmakers are facing. i would get in a room with a handful of guys, all men, and they would try to come to table with a deal. that's not how it works in washington. >> should it be at least a starting point? >> well, i think that they usually come together when they actually really need to to prevent something disastrous from happening to the budget or the economy. this is something that will come up again with the debt ceiling fight this summer. but if you look at what the senate just passed, this is as christina said, they want to raise taxes. >> guys, let's switch to gun control here. christina, there's mention of the push for the gun control measures. a new gun control law was signed into law described as to
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